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Stand Out of My Light

November 4, 2013

DiogentubForget Gault – I might go Diogenes.

Diogenes was the notorious cynic and forefather of Stoic Philosophy. He renounced his citizenship, divested himself of money and possessions, and lived in an overturned washtub at the marketplace. He used his simple lifestyle and behavior to criticize the social values and institutions of a corrupt society. He’s best known for walking about Athens with a lit lantern, in broad daylight, claiming to be “looking for an honest man.” It struck a nerve with the folks, and he became quite the 3rd century BC celebrity.

diogenalexDiogenes was also known as the only one ever to mock Alexander the Great – and retain his head. Alexander sought out the rock star/philosopher, and found him sunning himself at the market. He asked Diogenes if there were something he could do for him, to which Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my light.”

Later, Alexander spotted him looking thoughtfully at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.” Ouch.

I hate cynicism. I’ve always tried to keep positive perspectives in the most dismal circumstances, but given the current political, economic and cultural circus – and now intentional deception and obfuscation about government actions clearly injurious to the wellbeing of our children – how can anyone with the brains God gave a coconut not become a world class, kick ass cynic?  

I could take my lantern to DC – but “looking for an honest man” there is infinitely more absurd than in ancient Athens.


Let’s just say to the empty emperor:

Hey Barry the not so Great. You are not superior – your defecation is at least as malodorous as the people you’re trying to enslave. Take your healthcare nightmare and the rest of your fundamental transformation and keep the change.

If you want to help us, STAND OUT OF OUR LIGHT.


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